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Royals’ Bullpen Lights Out Again, KC Takes 2-1 Series Lead

Royals’ Bullpen Lights Out Again, KC Takes 2-1 Series Lead

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Once again the Kansas City Royals' bullpen proved its worth.

Kelvin Herrera, Brandon Finnegan, Wade Davis and Greg Holland combined to pitch four innings of hitless relief to lead the Royals to a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants, in Game 3 of the World Series Friday night. 

The Royals now lead the best-of-seven series 2-1.

Kansas City headed into the bottom of the sixth with a 3-0 lead. But after starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie let up back-to-back hits, the second being an RBI double by Michael Morse, Royals skipper Ned Yost made the call to his trusty pen. Kelvin Herrera came in first. He walked Gegor Blanco before getting three straight-groundouts, yielding only one run, to preserve the Royals lead. The Giants only had one more baserunner the rest of the way, as the Royals improve their record to 9-1 in this postseason.

"This is the way our games have gone all year," Yost said. "I'm getting really good at protecting a one-run lead because a lot of times that's exactly what we have to deal with. "But I have the necessary tools to be able to do that. It's not me doing it. It's the guys that we put out there that are doing it. We have the type of pitchers in our bullpen that can accomplish that."

Eric Hosmer, Alex Gordon and Lorenzo Cain all had RBIs in the win.

Giants pitcher Tim Hudson, who was pitching in the first World Series game of his career, went 5 2/3 innings allowing four hits, three runs, one walk while striking out two in the loss.

Game 4 is Saturday in San Francisco. The Royals send Jason Vargas to the mound. He'll be opposed by Ryan Vogelsong.

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Royals Explode for 5 in the Sixth, Even Series 1-1

Royals Explode for 5 in the Sixth, Even Series 1-1

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The Kansas City Royals erupted for five runs in the sixth inning, capped off by a two-run home run by Omar Infante, en route to a 7-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants in Game 2 of the World Series Wednesday.The best-of-seven series is tied at 1-1.It was a tight game until the sixth. Gregor Blanco led off the game with a home run off Yordano Ventura to give the Giants a 1-0 lead. The Royals answered right back at the bottom half off the inning when Billy Butler laced a single to left, scoring Lorenzo Cain to even the score. The Royals took the lead in the second when Alcides Escobar smacked a double, driving in Infante, but the Giants answered back in the fourth when Brandon Belt hit an RBI double. The score stayed the same until the bottom of the sixth, when the Royals went on their scoring binge.Ventura pitched 5 1/3 innings allowing eight hits, two runs, zero walks, while striking out two. Jake Peavy takes the loss. He pitched five innings allowing six hits, four runs, and two walks, while striking out one.Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis, and Greg Holland combined to pitch 3 2/3 scoreless innings to close out the game.The series now shifts to San Francisco. Game 3 is Friday night. The Royals send Jeremy Guthrie to the mound, he will be opposed by Tim Hudson.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/22/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/22/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NHL: Philadelphia Flyers 5 (2-3-2; 6pts) – Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (3-2-0; 6pts)

Toronto Maple Leafs (3-3-1; 7pts)  at Ottawa Senators (4-1-0; 8pts) Postponed

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Bumgarner Pitches Giants to World Series Game 1 Win Over Royals

Bumgarner Pitches Giants to World Series Game 1 Win Over Royals

Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Madison Bumgarner continued his postseason excellence Tuesday night.Bumgarner pitched seven innings of one-run ball to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 7-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals in Game 1 of the World Series in Kansas City.Bumgarner allowed three hits and one walk, and struck out five to earn his third win of the 2014 playoffs.Royals starter James Shields didn't fair quite as well as Bumgarner. Shields lasted only three innings, allowing seven hits, five runs and one walk, and striking out one.Shields' bad day started right away. He opened up the top of the first by allowing singles to Gregor Blanco and Buster Posey, before allowing an RBI double to Pablo Sandoval and a two-run home run to Hunter Pence.Shields pitched perfect second and third innings before coming out in the fourth and letting three straight batters on base, which led to his early exit.Already up 5-0 in the seventh, the Giants scored two more times, once on a Joe Panik triple and the other on a Sandoval single.Game 2 of the World Series is Wednesday in Kansas City. The Giants send Jake Peavy to the mound. He will be opposed by Yordano Ventura.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/21/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/21/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NHL: Boston Bruins 5 (4-4-0; 8pts) – San Jose Sharks 3 (4-2-1; 9pts)

Toronto Maple Leafs 5 (3-3-1; 7pts) – New York Islanders 2 (4-2-0; 8pts)

New York Rangers 4 (4-3-0; 8pts) – New Jersey Devils 3 (3-2-1; 7pts) OT

Montreal Canadiens 2 (5-1-0; 10pts) – Detroit Red Wings 1 (3-1-1; 7pts) OT

Winnipeg Jets 3 (2-4-0; 4pts) – Carolina Hurricanes 1 (0-3-2; 2pts) 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/15/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/15/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB American League Championship Series – Game 4: Kansas City Royals 2 – Baltimore Orioles 1 (Royals win series, 4-0)

National League Championship Series - Game 4: San Francisco Giants 6 - St. Louis Cardinals 4 

NHL: Boston Bruins 3 (2-3-0; 4pts) – Detroit Red Wings 2 (1-1-1; 3pts) SO

Calgary Flames 2 (3-2-0; 6pts) – Chicago Blackhawks 1 (2-0-1; 5pts) OT

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K.C. Royals Sweep the Orioles in the ALCS

K.C. Royals Sweep the Orioles in the ALCS

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The Kansas City Royals are the kings of the American League.

The Royals defeated the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday to punch their ticket to the World Series for the first time since 1985.

Royals starter Jason Vargas along with relievers Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland held the Orioles to just four hits. Kansas City pushed across two runs in the first inning on a fielder’s choice and a throwing error by Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph.

Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain was named the ALCS MVP after going 8-for-15 (.555), with two doubles and five runs scored.

The Royals will play the winner of the San Francisco Giants-St. Louis Cardinals NLCS matchup in the World Series.

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Royals One Game Away From World Series

Royals One Game Away From World Series

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Jeremy Guthrie pitched five innings of one-run ball, and pinch runner Jarrod Dyson scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly in the sixth, as the Kansas City Royals topped the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 Tuesday to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven AL Championship Series.Baltimore got on the board first in the second inning when shortstop J.J. Hardy's double drove in teammate Steve Pearce. The score stayed that way until the fourth inning, when the Royals loaded the bases, before Alex Gordon grounded into a fielder's choice to score Lorenzo Cain.The Royals took the lead for good in the sixth when Dyson scored on Billy Butler's sac fly.Jason Frasor (W, 1-0), Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland (S, 3) all pitched an inning of scoreless relief for the Royals.Wei-Yin Chen took the loss, pitching 5 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits, two earned runs, and one walk while striking out four.The Royals can clinch their first trip to the World Series since 1985 on Wednesday. Kansas City sends Jason Vargas to the mound. He will be opposed by Miguel Gonzalez.

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ALCS Game 3 Postponed Due to Rain

ALCS Game 3 Postponed Due to Rain

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Game Three of the American League Championship Series (ALCS) was postponed Monday night due to rain in Kansas City. The Royals currently lead the Baltimore Orioles two games to none in the best-of-seven series.

The game was rescheduled for Tuesday at 8:07 p.m. at Kauffman Stadium. Jeremy Guthrie will get the start for Kansas City while Baltimore will send Wei-Yin Chen to the hill. Major League Baseball Senior Vice President Peter Woodfork said the decision was made, in part, with the players and fans in mind.

"We want a game we know we can get through nine innings, hopefully play dry baseball, not risk player safety or uncomfortable fans," noted Woodfork.

This change in schedule also shifts Game 4 to Wednesday and Game 5, if necessary, to Thursday. The final two games of the series, if needed, will be played in Baltimore on Friday (Game 6) and Saturday (Game 7).

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/13/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/13/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: ALCS: Kansas City Royals - Baltimore Orioles (Royals lead series, 2-0) Postponed

NFL: San Francisco 49ers 31 (4-2) - St. Louis Rams 17 (1-4)

NHL: Anaheim Ducks 5 (2-1-0, 4 points) - Buffalo Sabres 1 (0-3-0, 0 points)

Colorado Avalanche 2 (1-2-0, 2 points) - Boston Bruins 1 (1-3-0, 2 points)

Ottawa Senators 1 (2-1-0, 4 points) - Florida Panthers 0 (0-2-1, 0 points)

Tampa Bay Lightning 7 (2-0-1, 5 points) - Montreal Canadiens 1 (3-1-0, 6 points)

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Kansas City Tops Baltimore 6-4

Kansas City Tops Baltimore 6-4

Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images(BALTIMORE, MD) -- The Kansas City Royals put the Baltimore Orioles behind the eight ball with a 6-4 victory in Camden Yards.

Following the trend of his teammates late inning heroics, Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar broke a 4-4 tie when he hit a double to drive in pinch runner Terrance Gore from second.  Escobar would soon score when Lorenzo Cain singled to left.

With a 6-4 lead, closer Greg Holland once again took to the mound to seal away a victory. 

Mike Moustakas continued his playoff tear as he hit another home run, his fourth of the postseason, and as many in the last five games. 

Yordano Ventura went 5 2/3 innings for the Royals allowing four earned runs on five hits.  Orioles pitcher Bud Norris was knocked out after only 4 1/3 innings after allowing four earned runs on nine hits.

The Royals now take a 2-0 lead in the ALCS as they head home for game 3 Tuesday. Jeremy Guthrie will take the mound for the Royals in Kansas City, while Wei-Yin Chen gets the nod for the Orioles.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/11/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/11/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Kansas City Royals 6 - Baltimore Orioles 4 (Orioles Lead ALCS, 2-0)

San Francisco Giants 3 - St Louis Cardinals 0 (Giants Lead NLCS 1-0)

Top 25 College Football: (1) Florida State 38 (6-0) Syracuse 20 (2-4)

(3) Mississippi State 38 (6-0) - (2)Auburn 23 (5-1)

(3) Mississippi  35 (6-0) - Texas A&M 20 (5-2)

(5) Baylor 61 (6-0) - (9) TCU 58 (4-1)

(6) Notre Dame 50 (5-0) - North Carolina 43 (2-3)

(7) Alabama 14 (5-1) - Arkansas 13 (3-3)

(8) Michigan State 45 (5-1) - Purdue 31 (3-4)

USC 28 (4-2) - (10) Arizona 26 (5-1) 

(11) Oklahoma 31 (5-1) - Texas 26 (2-4) 

(12) Oregon 42 - (5-1) - (18) UCLA 30 (4-2)

(13) Georgia 34 (5-1) - (23) Missouri 0 (4-2)

(16) Oklahoma State 27 (5-1) - Kansas 20 (2-4)

(19) East Carolina 28 (5-1) - South Florida 17 (2-4)

Duke 31 (5-1) - (22) Georgia Tech 25 (5-1) 

NASCAR: Kevin Harvick Wins Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

NHL: Washington Captitals 4 (1-0-1, 3 pts) - Boston Bruins 0 (1-2-0, 2 pts)

Pittsburgh Penguins 5 (2-0-0, 4 pts) - Toronto Maple Leafs 2 (0-2-0, 0 pts)

Anaheim Ducks 3 (1-1-0, 2 pts) - Detroit Red Wings 2 (1-1-0, 2 pts)

Ottawa Senators 3 (1-1-0, 2 pts) - Tampa Bay Lightning 2 (1-0-1, 3 pts)

New Jersey Devils 5 (2-0-0, 4 pts) - Florida Panthers 1 (0-1-1, 1 pts)

New York Islanders 4 (2-0-0, 4 pts) - Carolina Hurricanes 3 (0-2-0, 0 pts)

Montreal Canadiens 4 (2-0-0, 4 pts) - Philadelphia Flyers 3 (Final/SO)

Columbus Blue Jackets 5 - New York Rangers 2 (1-1-0, 2 pts)

St. Louis Blues 4 (1-1-0, 2 pts)- Calgary Flames 1 (1-2-0, 2 pts)

Nashville Predators 4 (2-0-0, 4 pts) - Dallas Stars 1 (0-1-1 1pt)

Chicago Blackhawks 6 (2-0-0, 4 pts) - Buffalo Sabres 2 (0-2-0, 0 pts)

Minnesota Wild 3 (2-0-0 4pts) - Colorado Avalanche 0 (0-2-0, 0 pts)

Arizona Coyotes 3 (1-1-0 2pts) - Los Angeles Kings 2 (0-1-1 1pt) (Final/ OT)

Vancouver Canucks 5 (2-0-0 4pts)- Edmonton Oilers 4 (0-1-1 1pt) (Final/ SO) 

San Jose Sharks 3 (2-0-0 4pts) - Winnipeg Jets 0 (1-1-0 2pts)

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Royals Take Game 1 Over Orioles 8-6

Royals Take Game 1 Over Orioles 8-6

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(BALTIMORE, MD) -- The Kansas City Royals have struck first, taking game one of the ALCS from the Baltimore Orioles, 8-6.

Powered by tenth inning home runs from Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas the Royals continued their extra inning success.  The Royals now have four wins this postseason in games that have gone longer than nine innings.

Gordon spoke about the sudden power outburst. "We know we're capable of hitting home runs,"Gordon said, "We didn't do it during the regular season, but it doesn't really matter."

Greg Holland earned the save in the tenth, though not without some drama. After earning the first two outs, Holland gave up a single to Ryan Flaherty and a walk to Jimmy Paredes. Delmon Young smacked a single to center driving in Flaherty making the score 8-6. Holland locked it down with the next batter as he forced Nick Markakis to groundout to second, ending the game.

In game two, Bud Norris will take the hill for the Orioles and Yordano Ventura will get the nod for the Royals.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/10/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/10/14Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB ALCS Game 1: Kansas City Royals 8  -Baltimore Orioles 6 - 10 Innings (Royals lead series, 1-0) NCAAF: Stanford Cardinal 27 (4-2) - Washington State Cougars 17 (2-5) NHL: New York Islanders 5 (1-0-0) - Carolina ...

Royals Sweep Angels, Meet Orioles in ALCS

Royals Sweep Angels, Meet Orioles in ALCS

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY) -- In their first playoff appearance since 1985, the Kansas City Royals swept the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, reaching the American League Championship Series (ALCS). The 8-3 margin was the largest in the best-of-five series after Kansas City won two games in Los Angeles in extra innings.

"I've never seen this group of kids so confident on the big stage," said manager Ned Yost. "It's really fun to see their development and watch them come into the postseason and just really take their game to the next level."

The Angels, who earned homefield advantage by having the leagues best regular-season record, took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Mike Trout homered off James Shields for his first-ever postseason hit. That lead quickly evaporated in the bottom half of the inning when the Royals' Alex Gordon drove in three runs with a double off C.J. Wilson, chasing the Los Angeles starter.

Kansas City added to the lead in the third inning on Eric Hosmer's second homer of the playoffs, a two-run shot to center. Albert Pujols tried to spark a rally for the Angels with a solo shot of his own, but that was all Los Angeles could muster off Shields.

"Big Game" James went six strong innings, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out six, while the offense added two runs in the fourth and another in the sixth. Wade Davis gave up a run in the eighth but the bullpen shut down an otherwise punchless Angels offense.

The Royals will now meet the Baltimore Orioles, who swept Detroit earlier in the day, in the best-of-seven ALCS. Game One is Friday night in Baltimore.

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Royals Beat Angels in Extras Again, Hold 2-0 Series Lead

Royals Beat Angels in Extras Again, Hold 2-0 Series Lead

Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ANAHEIM, Calif.) -- For the second consecutive night, the Kansas City Royals used an extra inning home run to beat Los Angeles, 4-1, in the American League Divisional Series (ALDS) on Friday night. Eric Hosmer's two-run homer in the top of eleventh gave the Royals a 3-1 lead, taking a 2-0 series lead over the Angels.

Kansas City became the first time in Major League history to open up a postseason with three consecutive extra-inning wins, after spending 29 years without a playoff berth. They are the sixth team to win a trio of extra-inning games in one playoffs appearance. The previous five have all gone on to win the World Series.

The Royals took an early lead against Matt Shoemaker when Alex Gordon drove in Hosmer with a single in the second. Los Angeles would eventually knot the score in the sixth on an Albert Pujols single, making it a 1-1 game after six innings.

The Angels had a chance to take a lead in the bottom of the eighth. C.J. Cron doubled off reliever Wade Davis and was pinch-ran for by Collin Cowgill. Following Chris Iannetta's fly-out to center, newly inserted Jarrod Dyson threw out Cowgill trying to advance to third.

That helped send the game into extras for the second straight night. Lorenzo Cain stretched out an infield single before Hosmer's go-ahead blast off Kevin Jepsen. Kansas City reliever Greg Holland pitched a scoreless bottom half of the inning, striking out Mike Trout to end the game.

The series now shifts to Kansas City where James Shields will take on C.J. Wilson.

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Scoreboard Roundup 10/3/14

Scoreboard Roundup 10/3/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB Playoffs: Baltimore Orioles 7 - Detroit Tigers 6 (Orioles Lead Series, 2-0)

San Francisco Giants 3 - Washington Nationals 2 (Giants Lead Series, 1-0)

St. Louis Cardinals 10 - Los Angeles Dodgers 9 (Cardinals Lead Series, 1-0)

Kansas City Royals 4 - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1 in 11 Innings (Royals Lead Series, 2-0)

NCAA Football: Utah State 35 (3-2) - (18) BYU 20 (4-1)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/2/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/2/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: American League Divisional Series: Baltimore Orioles 12 - Detroit Tigers 3 (Orioles lead series, 1-0)

Kansas City Royals 3 - Los Angeles Angels 2 - 11 Innings (Royals lead series, 1-0)

Top 25 College Football: Arizona 31 (5-0) - (2) Oregon 24 (4-1)

NFL: Green Bay Packers 42 (3-2) - Minnesota Vikings 10 (2-3) 

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Perez Sends Royals into ALDS with 12th Inning Single

Perez Sends Royals into ALDS with 12th Inning Single

Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Salvador Perez's walk-off single with two outs in the 12th sent the Kansas City Royals past the Oakland Athletics 9-8 Tuesday night, in the American League Wild Card game.

After the Athletics took the lead in the top of the 12th on an Alberto Callaspo RBI single, the Royals answered back. Eric Hosmer hit a triple and then scored the tying run on Christian Colon's RBI infield single. Colon then stole second base before scoring the game-winner on Perez's clutch hit.

"This will go down as the craziest game I've ever played," Hosmer said. "This team showed a lot of character. No one believed in us before the game. No one believed in us before the season."

Hosmer is right, the game was pretty crazy. The Royals, who were playing in their first postseason since 1985, were leading 3-2 in the sixth inning when starting pitcher James Shields allowed a hit and then walked a batter. That prompted Kansas City skipper Ned Yost to pull Shields for rookie Yordano Ventura. Ventura then allowed a three-run home run to Brandon Moss, his second homer of the game, to make it 5-3. The A's added two more runs that inning, creating a deficit that appeared the Royals would not overcome. But Kansas City clawed out three runs in the eighth and Norichicka Aoki's sacrifice fly in the ninth sent the game into extra innings.

This is the Athletics seventh-straight loss in a winner-take-all playoff game since 2000.

The Royals now advance to take on the Los Angeles Angels in their best-of-five Division Series. Game 1 is Thursday night in Los Angeles.

 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/30/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/30/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB American League Wild Card: Kansas City Royals 9 - Oakland Athletics 8 - 12 Innings (Royals Advance)

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